The Warm Homes Grants in Northern Ireland

Warm Homes Grants in Northern Ireland

The Warm Homes Grants scheme was launched in Northern Ireland on 1st July 2001. Under the scheme the Government will pay for insulation in your home up to the value of £1,500, or insulation and heating up to the value of £6,500, providing you are eligible. The criteria for eligibility are set out under the section headed, 'Am I eligible?'

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What are the Warm Homes Grants?

Warm Homes Grants are for homeowners or tenants of private landlords in Northern Ireland, and are intended to pay for home insulation or central heating improvements to make the home more energy efficient.

The scheme is administered by H&A Mechanical Services Ltd and Bryson Charitable Group and is funded by the Department for Social Development.

There are two types of grants available – ‘Warm Homes’, and ‘Warm Homes Plus’. Applications for the ‘Warm Homes Plus’ scheme cannot normally be made directly; eligible applicants have to apply for the ‘Warm Homes’ scheme first initially, and then may be considered for the insulation and heating grant.

‘Warm Homes’ grants are available for eligible householders of any age to finance a number of heating measures in the home including:

Warm Homes also carries out home visits in order to give advice regarding energy efficiency in the home.

‘Warm Homes Plus’ grants are available for householders of any age who are in receipt of specified benefits. In addition to the heating measures covered by the ‘Warm Homes’ grants, the ‘Warm Homes Plus’ grants cover:

  • A new oil or gas central heating system for householders with no existing system
  • Conversion to a new oil or gas central heating system for those with a LPG bottled gas, solid fuel central heating system or Economy 7
  • Insulation only for those who already have a functional oil or natural gas central heating system

Am I eligible?

There are two categories of householders who qualify for Warm Homes Grants:

Warm Homes

Householders of any age in receipt of one or more of the qualifying benefits may be eligible:

  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (with relevant income less than £15,860)
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Disability Living Allowance
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Housing Benefit

Warm Homes Plus

Householders of any age in receipt of one or more of the following benefits and who are identified through assessment to have Solid Fuel, Economy 7, Bottles Gas system (LPG ) or no system at all:

  • Housing Benefit
  • Income Support
  • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit

How do I apply?

If you have any queries, wish to find out more about the scheme, or wish to register for a grant, telephone Warm Homes on freephone 0800 988 0559 or visit their website at www.warm-homes.com.

If your property requires more than the maximum grant, you will not have to contribute financially. In this instance, further measures will be funded from the Energy Efficiency Programme, which is managed by Northern Ireland Electricity.